Two days of the year Lezay comes out to Thank and Remember family members and friends who lost their lives during the Great War – today the 11th November 2008 the orchestra marched and Les Anciens carried their flags and Flowers and the school children joined the parade with flowers and words of commemoration to say…

May 8th is another day in the Calander…….Liberation Day…

This is the soldier that stands in the middle of Lezay to commemorate the war to end all wars!

Living here in France brings it just that little bit closer to home – how it must have been and how the countryfolk lived…..last night there was a documentary about Albert Kahn and his colour photos of the great war – seeing them made us realise just how awful life would have been for the people here in the middle of it all….

I would like to share this with you – My daughter Chloé came home from Lycée today and said that they had to write a prose as if they are talking to the object or person this is her translation into English from French she is worried it will not make sense so I have also posted in a Journal in both languages I think it fits this photo and is our first Collaboration of which I hope we have more :)

Oh War, you are the enemy of mothers,
you take our brothers, our sons and our loved ones,
you destroy the countryside, which echoes
with the cries of soldiers,and nobody understands
what you are doing here,
we have had enough already,
don’t you think so?
We lose our lives,our spirits,our reason for living
because who wants to live after seeing
the horror in the fields
the blood which runs
like a river who never stops,
brothers massacred, who will never again wake up.
You bring death upon us, with your malicious spirit,
to see a woman dissolve in tears,
that pleases your vicious mind
who is overjoyed to see
our men trembling, who know that soon
they will die.

en Francais…..
Ô guerre, vous êtes l’ennemi des mères,
vous prenez nos fils, nos frères et bien nos chéres,
vous déchirez le paysage, qui resonne
avec les cris des soldats, et personne ne comprends,
comment ça se fait que vous êtes là,
on en a déjà eu assez,
vous ne trouvez pas?
On perd nos vies,nos âmes, notre raison d’être,
parceque qui veut vivre, aprés avoir vu
l’horreur dans les champs
du sang qui coule
comme une riviére qui ne s’arrête jamais,
des frères massacrés, qui ne se reveillent plus.
Vous provoquez la mort, avec votre âme malicieux,
de voir une femme fondre en larmes,
ça plairez à votre esprit vicieux
qui se rejoit de voir
nos hommes tremblent, qui savent que bientôt,
ils meurent.

by Chloe May Smith 12 November 2008
Chloe’s Work
Featured in Heart & Soul 4th May ’10
Featured on the Home Page 11 November ’09
featured in Images with Words Jan 09
featured in Statues and Such Nov 08

taken on canon 400d using sigma lens on full zoom at 300mm on P program


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We live in the West of France in the Poitou Charentes region, I love where we live and take a lot of inspiration for photography from the countryside and wonderful regions around us.

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  • Isa Rodriguez
    Isa Rodriguezalmost 6 years ago

    powerfully beautiful , Pamela!.. may we always strive for peace and remember those whom paved a way.. .

  • Thankyou Isa – for your comment!

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • Squealia
    Squealiaalmost 6 years ago

    Very nice even if my comment is a bit late!

  • Thank you even though I am not sure when you wrote this!!

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • Tom Newman
    Tom Newmanalmost 6 years ago

    Very moving and profound , Lest We Forget :-)

  • Thank you Tom sorry my reply is late :(

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • Cora Wandel
    Cora Wandelover 5 years ago

    Excellent image and writing, thank you for joining our group!

  • Thank you Cora – I was wondering if this image would be acceptable to the group – I am immensley proud of my daughter at 16 writing this in French and then Translating it! Thank you !

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • Anne-Marie Bokslag
    Anne-Marie Bok...over 5 years ago

    Sorry, I missed something. Please throw the first comment!

  • Thank you soo Much Anne-Marie – what a lovely surprise this morning :) I am honoured to have a feature in your talented group!

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • oldfartart
    oldfartartover 5 years ago

    Beautiful writing and imagery :)
    Lest we forget indeed…

  • Thank you kindly Kim :)

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • reflector
    reflectorover 5 years ago

    A great capture – nicely framed ! Congrats on the feature in Image Writing Pam !

  • Thank you James! I am completely chuffed to bits I have to admit :))

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • E.R. Bazor
    E.R. Bazorover 5 years ago

    Beautiful photo and wondderful write-up.
    Congratulations on the Feature in Image Writing!!!

  • Thank you Kindly :)

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • Rosalie Dale
    Rosalie Dalealmost 5 years ago

    Congratulations on the Home Page Feature 11.11.09. Lest we forget …

  • I have just logged on – after spending the morning at our Rememberance Service – and wow – I am thrilled, stunned, surprised and just wow! What a day to be on the Home Page!

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • sorry – thank you so so much Rosalie :)

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...almost 5 years ago

    Congratulations on the Home Page Feature

  • Thank you so much Kathy :)

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

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